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By Monte Zepeda
TIP TO MOTORISTS
The guy who tries to chisel in
heavy traffic sometime carves
his own tombstone.
IN THE FINEST
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Rod McKuen is a poet, singer and songwriter. His popularity in
both Europe and the United States is growing at a tremendous rate.
Two albums by McKuen have been released on the RCA label and are
receiving enthusiastic receptions everywhere.
Born 33 years ago in Oakland, Calif., Rod McKuen has made enough
money as a performer that he can now “Buy candy bars when I want
and take a plane ride when I like.” His book of poems, STANYAN
STRE^;T & OTHER SORROWS, sold 30,000 copies in slightly over six
months making it the largest-selling book of poems in more than
20 years. The publishing firm. Random House, bought the manuscript
of his latest book sight unseen.
McKuen came to Hollywood after serving in the Army. Acting
didn’t prove to be satisfactory to McKuen wentto New York and joined
a rock and roll group that had him screaming over the band to be
heard. That game him the husky voice that’s now his trademark.
Rock and roll didn’t prove to be satisfactory either so McKuen
took up writing songs and poetry. This has proved to be very satis
factory to say the least.
Rod McKuen now works 18 hours a day but he enjoys every minute —
it is what he likes to do. However, sometimes the pressure gets too
great and he takes off for Europe.
In Europe, Rod McKuen is so popular that he could easily live the
year around there and make a handsome living. As it is, McKuen
usually spends about six months ol each year traveling throu^ Europe.
There he writes songs, performs in cabarets, makes appearances in
concert halls, and records in four languages.
In this country his popularity is great. He turns down more night
club engagements and coUege concerts than many top performers
Rod McKuen has a style aU his own. He has singlehandedly managed
to turn the pop song into an art form. The usual listener would keep
a record of recited poetry playing for about a minute. Almost anybody
will enjoy the readings made against the lush instrumental back
grounds by McKuen. That style has started a new trend in recording.
McKuens songs and poems are completely different than anything
by any other ccmtemporary artist. They are completely modern and
appealing to young adults as weU as older liberals. The selections
on his albums include ballads, songs with a beai, songs that are happy
and sad, poetic and humorous. Most are written and produced by
McKuen himself. All are unforgettable.
McKuen has a remarkable insight and feeling for life and the com
plicated process of living. His songs touch every aspect of life from
beer drinking to love making; from a cat named Sloopy to the singing of
It is almost impossible to describe the works of Rod McKuen. They
are poetic and beautiful yet they are in conversational terms every
The only way to find out how they sound is to hear them and if you
do, you won’t be sorry. His albums are “Through European Windows”
and “Listen to the Warm”. Both are unusual relief in the record
markets of today.
By SONIA MIZELL
The Green Garter Coffee House
has made its debut at UNC-C.
While it was not a disaster, it
can hardly be called a complete
success. This is through no fault
of the people who made the coffee
house possible, and certainly not
Gamble Rogers who offered excel
lent entertainment. The problems
came from the students who
wouldn’t find the time to visit the
Students here at school have
worked since early last year in
order to make it possible for
UNC-C students to enjoy the Green
Garter and aU that is coming with
fte Coffee House Circuit. UNC-C
is one of several colleges and
universities cm a circuit that
covers the southeastern area. The
other schcmls on this circuit also
have coffee houses, etc. just like
the one here. By being on the
circuit, it is possible for each
school to present New York talent
to its students at a minimal price.
Apparantly, the students at UNC-C
are not interested in New York
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In preparation for the opening
of the Green Garter, several stu
dents put in seventy to eighty
man-hours to decorate the gym.
Like most students here, these
people were also very busy and
had homework to do, but they man
aged to stay out at the school
until 2:00 in the morning decora
ting. Besides personal satisfaction
in doing an excellent job of trans
forming the gym into a coffee
house, the only other thing these
hardworking people got was a feel
ing of dismay. It is one thing to
put in hours erf work that are
appreciated and rewarded by large
attendance, but it is pitiful when
this work is met with minimal
attendance. Yes, there was a large
and satisfying attendance on Fri
day and Saturday nights, but what
happened to all the other days when
the Green Garter was open?
The complaint of most students
is that it cost too much. What
these students don’t realize is that
the budget for this was very limit
ed and it takes a lot erf money
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